Traveling Through COVID Series - Singapore, London, and Rio de Janeiro
Traveling Through COVID Series - Singapore, London, and Rio de Janeiro
August 25, 2021 by eMedEvents

Traveling Through COVID Series - Singapore, London, and Rio de Janeiro

According to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer-2020, there was a 72% decrease in international arrivals (overnight visitors) from January- October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. The pandemic resulted in close to a USD 935 billion loss in export revenues from international tourism during the first ten months of 2020. 

The global tourism market is craving for things to "go back to normal," as many countries have eased restrictions for travelers. The borders are now slowly opening, and people can now travel to certain places by adhering to recommended safety standards and guidelines. It is now possible to visit many tourist hot spots, but before you plan your journey, you must adhere to all the guidelines and be aware of the latest COVID-19 scenario of your destination city. 

If you plan to travel to any of the below-mentioned cities, make sure to read up on the travel requirements before your departure.

 

LONDON

The United Kingdom faced a chaotic first wave of COVID-19 in 2020 and a disturbing winter due to the Alpha (Kent) variant surge. Like other places in the world, London is also battling the virus since March 2020. The pandemic shut most of the destinations of London city. Tourists haven't been able to enjoy what London has to offer because of the travel restrictions. Though the U.K. saw a spike in infections in early 2021, strict regulations helped to lower the cases. More than 87 million vaccination doses have been administered so far in the U.K., and about 59% of the population has been fully vaccinated. On June 01, 2021, all the four nations of the U.K. recorded zero COVID-19 deaths, and London, while easing the restrictions further, opened many key tourist destinations and bars for the public. There are now certain things that you can enjoy and experience in London. 

Travelers from countries on the red list aren't allowed to enter the U.K. unless they are British or Irish National or have residence rights in the U.K. You must get tested not before three days of your departure and after your arrival. You must pay for your tests, attend a ten-day quarantine in a government-managed hotel, and fill out the passenger locator form.  

Travelers who are fully vaccinated and belong to an "amber" country are not required to go for quarantine but must get tested on day two of their arrival. At the same time, unvaccinated travelers from the United States must go for ten days quarantine and get tested on day two and day eight of their arrival. Travelers who are fully vaccinated in U.K., USA, E.U. are not required to go for quarantine or take a second test on day eight. You are strongly advised to wear a face mask regardless of your vaccination status in London's all kinds of transportation services. 

 

SINGAPORE

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be "under control" in Singapore. The city is gradually allowing cross-border travel with the help of Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Air Travel Pass (ATP) arrangements with select countries. The city is known worldwide for glittering skyscrapers, unique waterside settings, and the best "street food" served in ubiquitous hawker centers. The way the government is dealing with an ongoing pandemic is quite efficient and praiseworthy. About 70% population has been fully vaccinated with a mix of Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccines. In June 2021, three government ministers who are part of the country's COVID-19 task force advocated shunning the zero COVID strategy for an advanced approach. The authorities are now reducing the restrictions to allow the limited tourism, which was severely hit by the pandemic. Short term travelers are allowed to enter Singapore via one of the following Safe Travel Lanes:

  • Air Travel Pass (ATP)
  • Short-term travelers from selected countries can enter Singapore by applying for an Air Travel Pass before 7 and 30 days of their intended arrival.
  • Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL)

On behalf of a future traveler, companies or government agencies in Singapore may sponsor or apply for a Safe Travel Pass under the Reciprocal Green Lane between 14 and 35 days of the planned arrival.

  • Connect@Singapore(Connect@SG)
  • Short-term travelers for business or official travel may apply through Appointed Facility operators to sponsor/apply for a SafeTravel Pass under the Connect@Singapore initiative on behalf of a prospective traveler. This may be done at least fourteen days before the intended week of entry.

Most Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter with proof of negative PCR test not taken before 72 hours of departure and fourteen-day quarantine. At the same time, short-term travelers from Brunei, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam are allowed to enter after getting Air Travel Pass and taking a PCR test upon arrival. Travelers from countries including Japan and Indonesia intending to travel for business purposes are also allowed to enter under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme.

 

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil has been one of the most badly hit countries by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country figures at second in the list of COVID deaths after the United States of America. Brazil does have several tourist destinations like the world-famous city of Beachside Rio de Janeiro, the modern architecture of the capital Brasilia, and Salvador- the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture. On April 09, 2021, the authorities partially reduced the restrictions despite the increasing number of deaths. Mayor Eduardo Paes announced that the restrictions might be enforced again upon an increase in infection rates. The city will be celebrating the closure of restrictions with festivities from September 2- 5, 2021. The authorities intend for 77% of the population with at least one dose of vaccine and 45% population with two doses by September 2021.

The borders are now open to all tourists with a stay period of 90 days. Before boarding, presenting the health declaration form to the airline completed in all respects is mandatory. Air travelers must present a negative PCR test performed not before the 72 hours of the departure. Flights from the United Kingdom, India, and South Africa are banned due to the surge in COVID-19 Alpha and Delta Variants. Non-residents without any advance authorization are not allowed to cross land and sea borders. The city authorities strongly recommend wearing face masks in streets, public spaces, parks, shops, gyms, and all kinds of transport, including taxis. 

 

Sign up for the below eMedEvents conferences, webcasts, and podcasts for academic and professional growth happening in the cities of London, Singapore, and Rio de Janeiro:

 

1.  Leadership and Management (L&M): The Essentials

Organizer: The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)

Start Date: September 08, 2021

End Date: September 09, 2021

Credits: CPD 8

Ticket Cost: $215

 

2.  COVID-19 in Singapore- Current Experience: Critical Global Issues That Require Attention and Action

Organizer: American Medical Association (AMA)

Start Date: March 31, 2020

End Date: March 31, 2023

Credits: CME 1

Ticket Cost: Free

 

3.  59th Brazilian Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Organizer: CCM Congresses

Start Date: Nov 17, 2021

End Date: Nov 21, 2021

Ticket Cost: $165

 

References:

  1. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/singapore-travel-covid-19/index.html
  2. https://edition.cnn.com/travel
  3. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-united-kingdom
  4. https://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/coronavirus/covid-testing/
  5. https://www.heathrow.com/customer-support/faq/coronavirus-covid-19
  6. https://www.thesqua.re/blog/singapore-covid-19-travel-restrictions
Trending Speakers